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What's for Dinner

What's for Dinner
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Copyright: Donald Griesdale (vesalius) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 2 N: 17] (46)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-01-02 20:08
Viewed: 4585
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Aegolius acadicus

This is a beautiful, small and short bodied owl. As you can see, they have yellow eyes and a black bill with fluffy reddish brown plumage streaked with white.

They are ~20cm in length with a wingspan of ~50cm and weigh 75-100g.

They are nocturnal with activity beginning at dusk. As such, they hunt at dusk and swoop down on their prey from low lying perches. They are able to skill up to 6 mice at a time, which form the staple of their diet.

As you can see, this chap has managed to get himself a nice meal.

There are three subspecies located throughout North America.

This chap was found just outside Stanley Park in Vancouver British Columbia. It was taken late in the day as evident by the nice light. He seemed quite content to watch us watching him.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-02 21:10]

Donald, welcome to T.N. and a well captured Saw-whet Owl. The composition is just right.
Your focus is soft. An excelent first post.
Happy New Year.


Very good first post Donald. Sharp on the eye and very well composed. With a prey in his toes, that's a bonus for the photographer. The background is perfect and you wrote an interesting and informative note.
Welcome to TN!

I love the soft looking feathers on him, also the needles in the foreground and top right. An excellent shot, crisp and clear! Welcome to TN...I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Very good first post Donald.
I like the colours and pose of this beautilful bird.
It's a bit soft.
Well done.
Welcome to TN.

Welcome to TN, Donald. Very attractive first post. The overall impression is very good, with very well captured eyes, great soft colors, and holding a prey, which is really good. Efficient framing (pine needles are a nice addition). Just a nit... filtering seems a bit high (halos in the BG). Anyway, a very good illustration of these fascinating night birds.

welcome to T.N., very nice first post, fucos a wee bit soft.

And nice light it certainly is, Donald. This is a stunning shot and I am so very jealous...I would love to have one like this in my files. Looks like it let you get really close too. Lucky you!!!!

Very wellcome on TN Donald,
You start with a lovely shot, the capture is fantastic, the colours are greay, I love the eyes, beautiful, very professional shot, good job I really like it.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-03 6:28]

Wowl :-) Great face, I like softness of this image. Very good composition with green needles.

Welcome to TN Donald and Happy New Year!

A belated welcome to TN, Donald. Your first post sets a nice standard. The subject is interesting as is your note. Great action and eye contact captured. Also a critter which I have not seen before. Very well done. With such a quality post I can't wait to see more of your contributions.

Donald, Excellent 1st post. Happy New Year & welcome to TN!

Wonderful picture Donald. You captured the soft look of his feathers really well. Great post and welcome to TN.

1st a big welcome to TN Donald.
It is amazing how aproachable these canadian owls are, Dinner certainly looks like a good sized Vole/mouse.
very nice capture good shooting notes to boot.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-03 15:30]

Wow Donald, you know how to make an entrance. Welcome here to TN and this shot is excellent. I really like the eye contact - nice note too.

Excellent job and thanks for posting

Welcome to TN Donald.
A very beautiful composition to start with. This time the general softness of the pic with that penetrant eyes gives a nice atmosphere. This guy seems to be posing for you.
Hope to see more photos and critiques soon!
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-03 20:54]
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An excellent first performance, Donald.
I do not want to repeat what the others wrote.
I shall thus content with wishing you the most cordial welcome on TN.
In the pleasure to admire your next sendings and to read your notes and critics.
Thank you for sharing.

Welcome to TN Donald. excellent first post. Very well done

Cute little critter, although his prey probably wouldn't agree ;o))
Focus spot on where it should be, hypnotic eyes. My preference would be for more DOF, but with the light conditions this is not as easy as it sounds in this case, I know ;-))

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-17 4:24]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce superbe hibou. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

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